[ECP] NetHappenings 8.16.18 RIP Aretha Franklin

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RIP Aretha Franklin ‘Queen of Soul’, dies aged 76

We all say a little prayer today for you

I say a little prayer

(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman 

1967 Aretha Franklin co-written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, with input from Atlantic producer Jerry Wexler.

Aretha Franklin – A Change Is Gonna Come written by Sam Cooke

Aretha Franklin – Respect [1967] (Original Version)

so sad today …. with all our love from the Educational CyberPlayGround


Foreign interests have spent over $530 million influencing US policy, public opinion since 2017 Today we’re making available, for the first time, a searchable database of foreign interests spending on lobbying and influence in the United States. Foreign lobbyists and other operatives acting on behalf of foreign interests wield a significant amount of power, impacting economic and diplomatic policies as well as public opinion.   The law that governs most foreign influence disclosure requirements, the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA), requires any foreign agent or lobbyist representing a foreign principal to register with the U.S. Department of Justice and file detailed public disclosures.

Lifehacker: How to Find and Delete Your Google Maps History.
“You may think you’ve turned Google’s location tracking history off, but according to a new Associated Press report released today, you might be wrong.” https://lifehacker.com/how-to-find-and-delete-your-google-maps-history-1828312219

MakeUseOf: How to Create an RSS Feed for Your Site >From Scratch. “While RSS feed and feed readers aren’t quite as popular as they used to be, RSS are still important for your site visitors who want to be notified whenever your page updates. In addition, RSS feeds can be used in a number of ways to promote your content using social media. Let’s first have a look at how to create an RSS feed for your site from scratch.”

Public archives: more relevant today than ever
There has been a lot of noise recently about information distortion and its effects on democracy. So what better time to raise the importance of historical literacy and public archives? In gathering and promoting primary source material, archives play an essential role in modelling literacy skills and critical thinking. In analyzing this material and producing modest, reasonable conclusions, researchers aim to understand complex issues and to engage the public in the discussion. These skills are crucial tools in a democracy.

Open Culture: Hear Singers from the Metropolitan Opera Record Their Voices on Traditional Wax Cylinders Vinyl is back in a big way. They can’t get enough of that warm analog sound.

Gemini is now the worlds first licensed zcash exchange May 19th customers will be able to start depositing Zcash into their Gemini accounts.

Windows Exploitation Tricks: Exploiting Arbitrary Object Directory Creation for Local Elevation of Privilege
This time I’ll detail how I was able to exploit Issue 1550 which results in an arbitrary object directory being created by using a useful behavior of the CSRSS privileged process. Once again by detailing how I’d exploit a particular vulnerability I hope that readers get a better understanding of the complexity of the Windows operating system as well as giving Microsoft information on non-memory corruption exploitation techniques so that they can mitigate them in some way.

Donald Trump’s Campaign Is Writing Out Strange Checks
http://wallstreetonparade.com/2018/08/donald-trumps-campaign-is-writing-out-strange-checks/ By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: August 8, 2018 ~
One would think that if you are the President of the United States and the subject of a criminal investigation; and your former campaign chief is currently on trial for tax evasion and bank fraud; and your former personal attorney for a decade had his office, […]

The $4 Trillion Answer to Why Turkey Is Rattling Wall Street Banks and Insurers
On Friday the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed with a loss of 196 points as contagion jitters from Turkey’s worsening situation rattled markets. Among the big Wall Street banks, these were the biggest losers: Citigroup, down 2.39 percent; Morgan Stanley, down 2.12 percent; Goldman Sachs, down […]

Meet Dark Money’s Secret $68 Million Donor
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: August 14, 2018 ~
In 2010 we broke the news that a secretive nonprofit called Donors Capital Fund (with the fingerprints of billionaire Charles Koch all over it) had forked over $17,778,600 to fund a widely distributed race-baiting film in the weeks before the 2008 election – an election in […]

Digital footprints of the past: An online archive of Native history What if you could view a vast archive of your family’s history and your cultural records from your living room? What if you could talk back to that archive and correct its spellings, annotate its histories? What if you could share your research, write your own histories, and upload these documents and photos to a shared living narrative?

Howard University: The Hilltop Digital Archive is now available on Digital Howard! “Phase one of The Hilltop Digital Archive is now available online! The digital archive is a comprehensive searchable collection of The Hilltop, the student newspaper at Howard University. Founded in 1924 by famed author Zora Neale Hurston, the paper has documented the voice of the student population on campus. Issues covered in the newspaper range from campus concerns to national and international issues.”

Hallberg set to make beautiful music at Sperryville dulcimer museum
In 1998, John Hallberg picked up his first Appalachian dulcimer. He and some friends were in a shop on Howard Street in Ocracoke on North Carolina’s Outer Banks when he spied several instruments made by a local luthier (a maker of stringed instruments). “They each had ducks [carved] on the scroll, and one of them had a jumping dolphin,” said Hallberg in an interview. “I thought, ‘I’ll get the jumping dolphin and next year I’ll come back and get one with a duck head.’ I went back a couple of years later. The guy who had made the dulcimers had died. All the duck dulcimers had been sold and now I’m on [a search] for those duck dulcimers.”

A Generation Grows Up in China Without Google, Facebook or Twitter.
“Wei Dilong, 18, who lives in the southern Chinese city of Liuzhou, likes basketball, hip-hop music and Hollywood superhero movies. He plans to study chemistry in Canada when he goes to college in 2020. Mr. Wei is typical of Chinese teenagers in another way, too: He has never heard of Google or Twitter. He once heard of Facebook, though. It is ‘maybe like Baidu?’ he asked one recent afternoon, referring to China’s dominant search engine.”

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New Teacher Training: Resources and Practical Advice




K12 Back to School Ideas for September


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Omarosa: DeVos said black college students lack the ‘capacity to understand’ her agenda


“Betsy got up onstage to give her speech and was immediately, loudly booed by the entire audience,” Manigault Newman writes. “Graduating students and their families stood up and turned their backs on her. I was seated onstage watching this travesty unfold. When the booing started, she should have wrapped it up, but she went on and on for twenty minutes, talking over the booing. I was thinking, It’s not about you! Abandon your full speech! Adjust, woman!” Manigault Newman described it as “painful to experience.”

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[ECP] NetHappenings Mailing List 8.15.18

Kai-Fu Lee

AI Superpowers China, Silicon Valley and the New World Order

Born in Taipei, Lee has been working in the internet and technology industry in the U.S. and China for the past two decades. With computer science degrees from Columbia University and Carnegie Melon University, Lee worked for Apple  SGI and Microsoft MSFT before joining Google in 2005 to lead the company’s China operations.
9.5.13 Kai-Fu Lee, 51, founder and CEO of Innovation Works and former president of Google China, has been diagnosed with lymphoma
1.18.14 Ex-Google China chief Lee Kai-fu dismisses rumours of his demise China’s social media on Friday was full of erroneous speculation that the former Google China chief and influential microblogger Lee Kai-fu, who has been publicly battling cancer, had died.

2017 The Real Threat of Artificial Intelligence By KAI-FU LEE 
It’s not robot overlords. It’s economic inequality and a new global order.

Chinese and American AI will have a strong impact on white-collar jobs as well. Is universal basic income the solution? In Lee’s opinion, probably not. AI is poised to bring about a wide-scale decimation of jobs — mostly lower-paying jobs, but some higher-paying ones, too. We are thus facing two developments that do not sit easily together: enormous wealth concentrated in relatively few hands and enormous numbers of people out of work.

U.S. vs CH — Enormous wealth concentrated in the U.S. and China

Google, Tesla and Uber. As for the consumer internet market, seven American or Chinese companies — Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent — are making extensive use of A.I. and expanding operations to other countries, essentially owning those A.I. markets. It seems American businesses will dominate in developed markets and some developing markets, while Chinese companies will win in most developing markets.


<Our Opinion of how this should work> –
Companies will pay the taxes from displaced workers where they now have robots working instead. YES those companies own it all and will pay for it all.  The government will in turn give the taxed money to the population. The whole goal of machines was to take the place of people having to do it. It should be a win win situation.

If the biggest companies own it all they have to subsidize it all.

Basic Universal Income.
People who wish to… can choose to can work in the “service jobs” that A.I. cannot do, that society needs, for even more money.

Profits are the domain of  the last century it’s the way the world used to work, because now there is no need to work! There is only a need to help others.


2018 TED talk “How AI will save Humanity” Is  about selling his book

AI will be the fastest transition humankind has experienced, and we’re not ready for it. Discover why human compassion will be the key to survival.

“The West may have sparked the fire of deep learning, but China will be the biggest beneficiary of the heat the AI fire is generating.” Kai-fu Lee, in the forthcoming AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, abs the New World Order @kaifulee

AI Superpowers China, Silicon Valley and the New World Order
Dr. Kai-Fu Lee is coming to Disrupt SF to talk about how AI will eat everything, especially jobs


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Why the Left Is So Afraid of Jordan Peterson



The Canadian psychology professor’s stardom is evidence that leftism is on the decline—and deeply vulnerable.

Jordan Peterson to to Sam Harris and Dave Rubin and Joe Rogan.

A huge group of American college students who were pursuing a parallel curriculum, right under the noses of the people who were delivering their official educations.

12 Rules for Life is often the bestselling nonfiction book on Amazon, and—perhaps more important—its audiobook has been a massive seller.

The left is afraid not of Peterson, but of the ideas he promotes, which are completely inconsistent with identity politics of any kind.

All across the country, there are people as repelled by the current White House as they are by the countless and increasingly baroque expressions of identity politics that dominate so much of the culture.

… a parallel culture of ideas has emerged to replace a corrupted system.



Jordan Peterson Comes to Aspen

In a wide-ranging conversation moderated by Bari Weiss, the controversial psychology professor was pressed for answers by a group quite different than his usual audiences.



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